Ankara festival 2016 Headlining Designer – Dpiper Twins
Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper are Models and Designers based in New York. Since the start of their fashion and accessory line, “Dpipertwins” they have been blazing the fashion trail with features in WWD, Elle SA, Essence, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Today’s Black Woman Style Report, Amsterdam Newspaper and The New York Daily Newspaper, as well as appearances on the Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, and placements in Vogue Japan and so much more. Their designs have also been exhibited at fashion weeks all over the world, including New York Fashion Week, Arise Magazine Fashion Week, and Glitz Africa Fashion week in Ghana, Caribbean International Fashion Week, Fashion week in Los Angeles and their talent has been recognized on a wide array of media platforms in New York and beyond. Celebrities such as Chrisette Michele, Angela Simmons, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, Charli Baltimore, Karen Civil, Towanda Braxton and others have been spotted wearing their designs.
Born to a Caribbean mom and an African dad, the DPiperTwins embrace their roots and display it in every collection through a bold and vibrant combination of colorful African designs. They were born in New York but raised in Ghana and later came back to the United States to pursue their dreams. They graduated from The High School of Fashion Industries as well as the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology with their bachelor’s degree. After graduating, Chantelle interned at Shwartz & Benjamin, which is the showroom for DVF and other brands where she worked alongside the design and marketing team. Danielle interned at Marchesa and Maggie Norris Couture, where she sharpened her skills with hands on experience. Their products are currently sold online as well as at Nubian Hueman boutique in Washington, D.C. and Banynga store in Bruxelles, Belgium.
As part of their efforts to give back, the DPiperTwins have raised funds for several non-profit organizations. They have also done charity fashion shows for Sickle Cell Anemia organization SYNC, Nyaka Aids Orphans School and New Life Orphanage in Ghana. Annually, they use a portion of their sales to purchase toys, clothes, books and other supplies for an organization in need. Recently, they spent their birthday at New Life Orphanage home in Ghana and New Years at a Village in Ghana where they gave numerous gifts to children.
They hope to one day create their own non-profit organization to help further their goal of bringing smiles to the faces of people globally through their joy of fashion.
This year the Ankara Festival Los Angeles organization is truly honored to have them grace the runway with their pieces.
MIDGET GIRRAFE (NIGERIA)
MIDGET giraffe is a global online destination for fashion-forward, bold African print lovers. In 2014, founders Corey Harris (American) and Linda Omeni (Nigerian) started creating custom pieces from their homes in East Orange, New Jersey. The name is inspired by the union of two opposite perspectives, to create something entirely unique and different – African print clothing cut in highly curated western styles. The shop continues to grow as an international style source offering both new and vintage clothing.
BLOKES ‘N’ DIVAS (NIGERIA)
It all started with the belief ‘’life is a runway and we are all top models’’. Wise words to say the least as the philosophy behind Blokes n Divas is in changing the perception behind African fashion; in taking it from a costume collector’s piece to a regular wardrobe feature. The label is run by Teddy Legbedion and Patrick Osaghae; both non-fashion graduates who are blessed with an overwhelming sense of style and creativity. The label has carved a niche for itself in the rapidly changing industry; gracing the runways in notable world fashion capitals. Their design is inspired by the vibrant colors deeply rooted in nature, excerpts from African folklore, proud cultural diversities and long forgotten design arts. Fusing this essence together, Blokes n Divas creates an unmistakable wearable style which exudes strength, charm and grace!
NUBI COLLECTIONS (ETHIOPIA/SUDAN)
Nyamal BothDol, born in Ethiopia and lives in the United States the creator and designer of NubiCollections. Took to sewing in High school, developed the skills to sew her own clothes. She is also a Model that also attends pageants representing Ethiopia. Her goal is to present this brand into the fashion industry to represent my story and my world. My main focus is on modern Ethiopian fashion, African print fashion with a combine of Greek and Western world.
UNIQUE BY REELIA (TOGO)
Dede Reelia Kouevi is a craft master and a jewelry designer from West Africa Togo based in New York City and in Maryland. She is a Togolese girl from a small town called Aneho studying and living her dreams in the big city:
Her collection of colorful and stylish jewelries and accessories, inspired by Africa culture and its diversity to celebrate strong men & women from around the world.
The movement: Everybody is born unique, from different ethnicity, different culture, different faces and that is been unique. Uniqueness is boldness, powerfulness and beautifulness. This brand is meant to empower our customers to be unique everywhere they are by been bold, beautiful, and powerful.
Fantabela is a multicultural fashion house. The line is inspired by my West African roots and upbringing in Cameroon. I desire to share the African culture in its complexity and beauty.
Fantabela is a Fair trade company, meaning that I only work with artisans I fully know and I pay them at a fair rate so they can live off of their craft to provide for their families.
Fantabela therefore, partners and works only with Third World Country artisans (tailors, seamstresses, fabric traders, accessory makers, craft makers….) or with artisans we fully know from the United States and other parts of the world. The goal is to provide those men and women with a substantial source of income that will benefit them as well as the communities they live in.
Fantabela’s pride is that of being a line that is ethically conscious, fabulous and classy! And we always set the trend!
DAHIL REPUBLIC OF COUTURE
Kenyan born American Hilda, is A Minnesota-based New and Emerging Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur. This brand instills rich culture into contemporary fashion; mixing traditional fabrics with indigenous (Kente) and other Africa-inspired printed fabrics such as Ankara with 100% linen, silk, chiffon and dry lace. Mauya’s brand creates raw, yet trendy, designs for western society with sophisticated embodiments of Her African culture.
A child of Kenya, a parent of art, her designs embody the essence of everyday couture. A newcomer to the fashion world, this brand name strives to enhance the true essence of a woman’s femininity, sexuality and power as well as preserve her African heritage.
She creates unique pieces in her brand Dahil Republic of Couture that was Launched 4years ago that are truly Uncommon, Unparalleled and Unrepeatable.
Zenobian Moxis has so many meanings but yet they all seem to come together perfectly.
The name is Vanessa which means Butterfly in Greek. One would like to believe the butterfly is free spirited. It roams the earth freely as if no worries in the world. The name also came from a combination of African butterflies. Which the Zenobian Moxis designer is proud to say I’m happy to be a Liberian. The butterfly is her free spirited animal. What’s yours?
Ruvs are the newest dress collection by the creative directors at Regalé. Ruvs showcases the brilliance of our designers who have creatively combined textures and patterns for the ultimate blend of colors and style.
Ruvs are versatile and can be worn with the assurance of utmost comfortability. These sexy dresses transcend all seasons and can be dressed up or down for a perfect play on style.
Ms. O – an accountant with a passion for fashion, is the lead creative director at RFD. Her fashion journey began during a trip to Nigeria. While there on vacation, she absolutely loved the wide variety of fabrics which showcased the vibrancy of prints and the richness of laces. That trip sparked her love of fabrics and her interest in designing.
Upon her return, she sought out to create a portal whereby fashion lovers can shop an outfit while being involved in the designing stages. That idea birthed a platform where RFD customers select a fabric of choice and subsequently have a style designed for detailed tailoring. The same portal also provides our fashionistas with readily available collections.
In essence, RFD customers get to have lovely pieces delivered while enjoying the comfort of their humble abode. This virtual experience is coined – the RFDExperience.
Ms. O draws her creative inspiration from fabric patterns, social lifestyles and art in all facets of life. These sources of inspiration enable her to turn unique fabrics into sophisticated designs to the delight of many. Her inspiration for RFD is fused by her desire to share her passion for culture through art, textile and design.
Through its journey in the fashion industry, RFD has since been featured in a few magazines and online portals such as – BHF, African Vibe Magazine and Talenthouse, to mention a few. RFD designs have also graced runways such as BHF debut trunk show, NEA Fashion show, Apinke, TUM, Vibe Magazine Fashion show and many other nationwide shows in New York, Boston, Maryland, Washington DC and Los Angeles.
Sharpe Cookie GH (Ghana)
SharpeCookie GH is the brain child of Sheba Tamakloe. The brand can be described as vintage, modern African wear. We celebrate the individuality and creativity of Ghana and share it with the world. Each piece is hand drawn, and sewn by a talented team of tailors/seamstress.
The dream, JOLEY COUTURE was birthed in 2010 out of a desire to bridge the gap between contemporary chic and african elegance. We started out by making customized outfits for friends and family based on request. Soon, word spread and our client base grew, necessitating a mini exhibition in Las Vegas in 2013 for ready-to-wear outfits.
Joley Couture seeks to carve a niche for itself and become a force in contemporary Afrocentric designs without compromising on excellence in its delivery. We are your source for chic and elegant Couture and ready to wear pieces. Our foundation is rooted also in the Bible verse Psalms 50:2.
The creative director behind Joley Couture is Jane Makinwa (nee Ogbe). The former Miss International Nigeria who has represented Nigeria at different international pageants has also modeled for several fashion designers as a runway model.